The first video shown below is a true testament of how far we have come as a civilization. Thanks to innovative thinking, technology has exponentially evolved into mind-blowing creations with limitless capabilities. It’s amazing to see how humanity has adapted to those evolutions, too.
These young children are born into a world that has forgotten the obsolete technology of the past, and rightfully so! Who wants to remember how hard it was to use an Apple II? When I mention mobile computer labs and “The Oregon Trail,” you’re probably smiling because you remember those things. But when we show today’s youth what we endured, they just laugh at how ridiculous some of the features were. Even the girl who speaks to the computer to tell it what command to execute isn’t too far off of what we are able to do with iPhones and Androids. Yet computer engineers of the past would have mocked that idea.
The point of that video is to point out the fact that obsolete technology should remain obsolete, and it SHOULD be funny to watch children mock it. They should also feel thankful that innovative minds have enhanced computers to what they are today. The technology of today will also be funny to children 50 years from now, I’m sure. And with the advancements made in technology, the same parallel can be made in the case of education reform. I’ll get back to that point after I discuss the second video shown below.
Watching elderly people who haven’t kept up with technology developments over the years is pretty comical. It’s funny watching these people try to use Snapchat, especially when one man even admitted he doesn’t even own a phone capable of using apps! But after they have each sent a Snapchat, it’s really refreshing to hear them discuss digital citizenship and the importance of being mindful of what people do with Snapchats.
I respect the wisdom of my elders, as time has a way of preserving values that are meaningful. Youth who become literate with technology should remember that they should behave on the Internet the same way they would in front of their grandparents, if they are conscientious of their actions. The Internet has the potential to do great good, but also inflict great harm. Nevertheless, with the way the world is evolving, we should start to teach children character strengths, socializing, and self-value through the medium of new-and-improved technologies. A lot can be said about policymakers utilizing these new innovations for the “better” delivery of the same old curricula, rather than the implementing different practices altogether.
Education reform should always improve upon lessons learned from past educational ventures, as children are born using the latest technology rather than something rendered obsolete. Digital literacy must be taught, though, and so should effective collaboration via social networking and efficient applications. in the midst of CCSS-based, high-stakes-testing-measured paradigms, policymakers and lobbyists are having a hard time coping with the idea of true reform: something much newer and different than the educational practices they experienced in school.
Accountability and rigor are things that can be applied to new educational platforms, but if we keep trying to implement obsolete practices, other countries may eventually show videos like these to their children, mocking our educational model and its ineffectiveness.
Kids React to Old Computers (2014 May 25). The Fine Bros. Retrieved on June 14, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF7EpEnglgk
Elders React to Snapchat (2015 April 23). The Fine Bros. Retrieved on June 14, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-wv1QiI008
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